Risk of Mesothelioma Prompts Environmental Emergency Declaration; Arlington, KY
In recent years, asbestos and mesothelioma have become extremely important topics due to mesothelioma lawsuits and the devastating cases of lung cancer. Increased awareness of the risk of mesothelioma has been beneficial in two ways. The first way has been to help in providing compensation to those workers who have been exposed to asbestos. The second way has been to take preventative cautionary measures to minimize the risk of mesothelioma. Asbestos.com has released a story that describes this later benefit of public awareness of this devastating condition.
An environmental emergency has been declared in Carlisle County for a demolition site near Arlington, Kentucky by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet to prevent exposure to asbestos among nearby residents. The harsh reality of mesothelioma has spurred this protective act, benefiting those who would have been affected if the declaration had not been made.
Relationship Between Asbestos & Mesothelioma
The property to be demolished is a former electroplating facility known as Deena Products where lamp fixtures were manufactured. As with many commercial factories, asbestos was used in production. This facility stopped operation in the late 1980’s meaning that many workers may have still been exposed to asbestos at a time when little was known about the ill effects of its use.
We now know that exposure to asbestos causes the development of several asbestos-related illnesses; lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant pleural mesothelioma. The problem that many who are afflicted by this are now experiencing is that those exposed do not experience symptoms until at least 10 – 50 years have passed, resulting in a multitude of mesothelioma lawsuits several years after exposure.
Environmental Emergency Declaration; Mesothelioma Risk
In the current situation of the demolition of former Deena Products, awareness of the relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma has prompted officials to take extraordinary precautions to protect those who could be affected. Asbestos.com reports that Tony Halton, director of the division, said “Agency staff will be coordinating the emergency cleanup effort and working closely with local officials to both ensure the protection of public health and that the material is disposed safely.”